Fox News’ “Hannity” finished the month of September as the most-watched cable news program among the key demo of adults age 25-54, marking the first time Sean Hannity‘s show won a month since moving to 10 p.m. ET in 2013.
“Hannity” averaged 525,000 demo viewers, topping his lead-in “The Kelly File” by roughly 22,000 viewers per night. Kelly won the demo for the third quarter of 2016, which includes September, but Hannity has surged recently because of numerous exclusive interviews with Donald Trump.
Hannity has been criticized by liberal media watchdogs for his chummy relationship with the GOP presidential candidate and even appeared in a recent Trump promotional video. However, Hannity will be the first to tell critics that he’s not a journalist and his program is based on his opinion. The Fox News host even landed an exclusive interview with Trump following Monday’s presidential debate.
Hannity made headlines earlier this month when he mentioned taking legal action against CNN over Brian Stelter’s remarks that the conservative pundit would like to see Hillary Clinton dead.
With “Hannity” leading the way, Fox News Channel had seven of the Top 10 programs on cable news for the month of September. “The O’Reilly Factor” follows “Hannity” and “The Kelly File,” giving Fox News’ primetime lineup a sweep of the top three.
MSNBC’s “The Rachel Maddow Show” and Fox News’ “Special Report with Bret Baier” round out the top five. CNN’s most-watched show among the key demo was “CNN Tonight with Don Lemon,” which averaged 339,000 demo viewers to finish ninth overall.
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